Independent Candidate Wants Balance on Council

Judd Mandell says his goal is to help township, not a political party.

Judd Mandell says the reason he is running for Hillsborough Township Committee as an independent is he doesn’t want to help Democrats or Republicans, but Hillsborough in general.

“I am running as an independent because I have gone to planning, board of ed, as well as township committee meetings and I realize that they are doing a good job but not all residents are represented,” Mandell said. “I think we can do better in what I am trying to bring to Hillsborough to help increase their scope of vision. With my skill set of logistics and solution based thought, I can recognize additional opportunities and threats that they may not see now.”

Mandell is attempting to gain election to one of two seats on the committee in November's election. He will be taking on Republicans Carl Suraci, an incumbent and current mayor, and Gregory Burchette, and Democrats Michael Goldberg and Jim Farley.

“I don’t have political experience and am not trying to gain any,” Mandell said. “I want to finish with township experience. I just want to serve the township committee the best I can.”

What he lacks in political experience, he says he makes up for in other areas. Mandell has a degree in environmental planning and design, with studies in landscape architecture.

“I have been involved in numerous leadership positions as a child and have always worked well in a group setting,” he said.

While he says he knows he has a tough road ahead, he thinks that the residents are already backing him as he tries to change the current state of leadership, which he says is mainly focused on the Republican side.

“I think that I have a challenge ahead of me, but as I go door-to-door I feel the support because the township also realizes there is a lack of balanced leadership,” he said. “Right now, it’s mostly focused on the Republican theory; I wan’t to change that.”

spokey September 05, 2012 at 03:58 PM
do you have a website?
spokey September 05, 2012 at 04:00 PM
don't you remember him asking all the same questions when a new / unknown Republican candidate has run?
Curt Carnes September 05, 2012 at 04:11 PM
Why Not Let Judd answer for himself? Also, is there any doubt how Carl, and Gregory voted on my questions? Or for that matter Michael or Jim? I say again, I am open to vote for Judd, but I’d sure like to know which way he leans, because frankly if it is for a larger more complicated, costly government, I can’t vote for the guy, and based on what little statements he’s put out so far, sadly that just seems to be the case ! To Judd’s favor, at least he’s brave enough to put his face and name with his words, and work to change things instead of just crying or complaining about them.
spokey September 05, 2012 at 04:21 PM
Really? So you know how Doug Tomson voted in 2008? Or for Q3 & Q5? How about Gloria? She said she wanted to vote for her own mayor AND she was a registered independent for Q3 & Q5 yet you know how she voted? I don't recall you asking these questions about those folks!
Curt Carnes September 05, 2012 at 04:22 PM
Judd, that sound great, really it does, but how do you plan to pay for all of this? Nothing comes for free, and as of right now there are many homeowners in Hillsborough just staying a small step ahead of the foreclosure notices, and frankly, raising their taxes to have town wide events like art, music, sports, dance, fireworks is a huge disservice to them, at least in my opinion! Now if you can find a private way to finance all of the above and not charge 85 year old great grandmothers who are living on fixed income for events they will probably never go to (ie art, music ……..) Then I’m all for what you are talking about.
Curt Carnes September 05, 2012 at 04:44 PM
Give me a break – The vetting process by with the party’s candidate is chosen, pretty much sums it all up. Do you what me to sit here and believe Michael and Jim, or you voted against Q3 and Q5? I doubt that! But, back to my point. What if anything do we know of Judd? Nothing outside of he has a degree in environmental planning and design, with studies in landscape architecture. Do we know what school that degree came from? Or for that matter what it really means? Well anyway, I retract my questions about who he voted for, but I retain my questions on Q3 and Q5, and for the record, I voted AGAISNT Q3 and Q5
Mr. B September 05, 2012 at 04:46 PM
It is well known how he interrupted the CSC meetings, so his question and Q3 and Q5 are clearly loaded. He is a well known gadfly and unfortunately even his well meaning questions are followed by undertones of some left wing conspiracy. Look at how he took a poll on Hillsborough's Favorite Dentist and turned it into some sort of conspiracy.
Judd Mandell September 05, 2012 at 07:47 PM
Hillsborough will benefit from corporate and private sponsors eager to support local events. Our taxpayers are over burdened by the high cost of living, but that doesn't have to stagnate our quality of life. The government needs to support a thriving business culture, not financially support it's constituents. Hillsborough can become a destination for more medium and large size businesses that will help employ us and our children. We need our master plan to reflect the grandeur that Hillsborough possesses. From Duke farms to the Sourlands, and from Millstone to Flagtown, we have treasures that attract young and old. Engage the community and the towns vision can be a reality. It's great that we are 23rd best town, lets be the best.
Curt Carnes September 05, 2012 at 08:19 PM
Kind of like “Build it and they will come?” Which BTW, was a make-believe movie, not a lesson in community planning! But again you plan sounds nice, however there are a lot of question to be answered. Most people here in Hillsborough don’t care too much for development, particularly in their backyards. Could you tell me where you envision these medium and large size businesses that will help employ us and our children will be built? Can you name a few of them? (ie.. Prudential, Exxonmoble,) are we talking fortune 100? 50? 10? companies? I assume, you’ve been out on the trail and have a couple lined up already? How much traffic will they bring, and what if any will my taxes drop because they are here. Personally, I like Hillsborough as a semi-rural Bedroom Community, and frankly if that cost me a couple hundred bucks a year on my tax bill so be it. BTW, you’ve sidestepped these questions and I would really like some answers: What is the “Republican Theory,” you mentioned in your statement? Could you please list six items in Hillsborough you would change if you had the opportunity? Were you in favor of Q3, and or Q5? (There, everyone happy now?) Do you feel there are too many republicans on the TC, even though you admit we are the 23rd best small town in America? If you were on the TC would we have placed higher? Which residents weren’t represented, and what do you actually mean by that? How many years have you live here?
sammy September 06, 2012 at 01:12 PM
Judd..."The government needs to support a thriving business culture, not financially support it's constituents. Hillsborough can become a destination for more medium and large size businesses that will help employ us and our children. We need our master plan to reflect the grandeur that Hillsborough possesses". these are excellent PLATTITUDES but are just that . The economy dictates what will or not move into our town - not plattitudes and wishing it so. How do we become a better destination? Same thing , our ability to sustain more businesses. Perhaps you should study the maxim "location, location, location". We are not in the same quality spot as a Bridgewater, nor do we have a high earning group such that exists in Princeton. So we get non traditional, non national branded businesses, just small ones that are the backbone of jobs in this country. Check out the real numbers of how many new vs current in the last 5 years , 10 years, and be surprised. Our town has done a wonderful job supporting the businesses here and new ones that have come since they hired Gene Strupinsky. Cutting fees, and changing sign ordinances, easing and reducing govt. restrictions but not backing down on enforcing code compliance ,done fairly. Forcing companies to meet metal standards that add to construction costs, is not the way to attract companies. That goal should be on a volunteer basis
Kelly September 07, 2012 at 10:50 PM
Hey Curt, Do we really have that many residents who are "just staying a small step ahead of the foreclosure notices?" Where is this statistic from? I'm not saying you are incorrect, I just haven't read anything on it or noticed any evidence of this, so I am interested in reading up on it. I'm under the impression that we are, on average, doing better than others in the state/nation, so it is startling to hear evidence to the contrary. Thanks.
Kelly September 07, 2012 at 11:07 PM
I think you've hit the nail on the head talking about "treasures to attract young and old", I just think that maybe you hit your thumb while you were at it. I'm not sure what young people are interested in Duke Farms, much the less Millstone and Flagtown. Kids like entertainment-type recreation, like a sports arena (Bridgewater) or amusement park (small, like Bowcraft). But that is only part of the equation, we need to be able to draw some industry into town, not just commercial business. What good are commercial businesses that we attract to town only for them to go belly up in a year because everyone drives out of this town to shop and recreate? We should look to turning some of that prime land around the new "Route 206 Superhighway" into industrial zoning so there is someone left in town to eat lunch at our eateries and attract some recreational business that people will drive into (not just through) our town for on the weekends. Only then can we attract more commercial businesses and allow them to thrive.
Jennifer Dowd September 24, 2012 at 12:33 PM
Our actions have results, so let’s plan for them Please Join Us A Community Gathering: Visioning Hillsborough’s Future On Monday, September 24th, 2012 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm Hosted by Township Committee Candidate Judd Mandell and Jennifer Dowd. You are invited to attend this dynamic discussion. We will identify our shared interests, define success for our community, and examine our current reality. Help build shared priorities for a shared town. Tea and desserts will be offered. All residents welcome to attend, children too. This is the first of a 3-part session. 24 Fieldhedge Dr Hillsborough, NJ RSVP via phone or email to: Jennifer Dowdgreeneroranges@gmail.com (c) 773-682-8125
spokey September 24, 2012 at 03:33 PM
Although this is not the ideal forum, it is far better than and would reach a wider audience than a local residence. So far it doesn't seem like Judd has been willing to answer questions posted here. That is kind of troublesome.
Jennifer Dowd September 24, 2012 at 05:02 PM
I hope you will attend tonight.
spokey September 24, 2012 at 06:01 PM
sorry. no can do. preppin' for going under the knife tomorrow. Now that's an excuse you probably don't often hear!
Kelly September 27, 2012 at 07:35 PM
It's a shame that this post got buried in this long ago post. I wish I had seen this before now.
Marilyn R. November 05, 2012 at 01:51 PM
I agree with Judd that an independent voice is needed in the Township Committee. I have often wondered who te Committee works for...by the way, it's us. Some of the township meetings show a committee that is disrespectful to the residents. Check out the video footage on the town's website, you'll see what I mean. http://www.hillsborough-nj.org/Cit-e-Access/Meetings/?TID=45&TPID=5243. Good Luck, Judd. Even though you don't have poitical experience, as if that was helpful; you make it up in common sense. Your environmental experience will also help us curtail the rampant development that has led to increased flooding in the township. If this development (without regard for the environmental consequences)continues, Hillsborough will be called the "Greater Manville".
Judd Mandell November 05, 2012 at 06:39 PM
I appreciate your support Marilyn. I will be Hillsbouroughs' Independent representative. We have no independent caucas, no independent convention, and there isn't even an independent column on the ballot, yet almost half of registered voters in our state are unaffiliated with either party. We can do our best on a local level to represent the public at large. Small shovels will move mountains too. I urge Hillsboroughs' residents to stand together and elect me, Judd Mandell, our Independent Candidate for our Township Committe.
Dispatch1234 November 06, 2012 at 11:52 AM
You should read what your independent thinker Judd was saying about other candidates. He really showed his true colors when discussing another candidate in a different article. And what really bothers me is that during the run up to the storm, both republicans and democrats took down their signs but not Mr. Judd who left his signs to end up in my lawn. He lost my vote.
Dispatch1234 November 06, 2012 at 11:54 AM
Ohh yea. Then he ran and deleted his commend after I called him on it. He is already flip floppin. Maybe he would be good at politics.
Dispatch1234 November 06, 2012 at 11:56 AM
Marilyn can you be specific about when they were rude. Link goes to meetings back to 99. I would like to collaborate what you said.
Jennifer Dowd November 06, 2012 at 12:27 PM
I'm so proud of Judd for running. He is thoughtful, considerate, and he can intelligently coalesce multiple points of view. He is truly a person who looks at the big picture and then takes action to make the big picture a reality. He wants to give those a voice who feel like theirs alone isn't being heard and work with others who want to do that too. His little signs are strong and sturdy and I don't even believe that one blew away. We checked the signs before the storm became too bad to walk or drive. No one had removed their signs. The next day, Judd's were still standing.
Dispatch1234 November 06, 2012 at 01:03 PM
Jennifer his signs were in my lawn after the storm and I am along new amwell. Perhaps you missed a few bit the point is those signs became projectiles and your considerate man was not considerate enough to help protect private property like his opponents did.
Dispatch1234 November 06, 2012 at 01:05 PM
Jennifer now you are a liar because republicans and democrats took done their signs. Everyone knows that. Only your signs were left. Ironically, there is one in the stream by my house. Glad to know what Judd stands for.
Jennifer Dowd November 06, 2012 at 01:10 PM
What makes you think that they took down their signs and their signs weren't blown down?
Dispatch1234 November 06, 2012 at 01:15 PM
They were down before the storm. It's called planning ahead. A key skill a Leader should have.
Jennifer Dowd November 06, 2012 at 01:58 PM
The morning of the storm we saw everyone's signs still out. Two days after, a few GOP and Democratic signs stood where they still had. Today, there are opponent signs in the bushes, leaves, and on the side of Triangle Rd from the whipping they took.
Edward P. Campbell November 06, 2012 at 03:02 PM
Why Bother? He doesn’t know the rules of the road, just like he doesn’t have an idea what local government is all about. He is Clueless! Worse than Obama as a matter of fact! He somehow thinks the people in charge make the rules, and he'll have a magic wand that he can wave to make everything okay at least okay in Judd's book!
Judd Mandell November 06, 2012 at 04:12 PM
They are marked with a 'paid for by' note. Thanks for looking into it though.


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